Rooster on a BranchArtist(s)Itō JakuchūObject Creation Date18th centuryMedium & Supporthanging scroll, ink on paperDimensions
72 1/2 in x 24 3/4 in (184.15 cm x 62.87 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundSubject matter
Itō Jakuchū is widely known for his depictions of plants and animals in association with Zen Buddhism. The son of a successful merchant family who sold groceries, Jakuchū left the family business to study Zen Buddhism. His numerous depictions of plants and animals are believed to represent the inherent Buddha nature of all living things. The rooster was specifically linked to Zen thought, as the sharp cry of the rooster was likened to the moment of enlightenment. Physical Description
This hanging scroll depicts a chicken executed in rapid brushstrokes, using various shades of black ink. The face of the bird is naturalistically depicted, while its tail feathers are somewhat abstracted. Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typehanging scrollCollection AreaAsianRights
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Zen (Japanese Buddhism)
branches (plant components)